Westworld Episode 7 Review: “Trompe L’Oeil”

Westworld Episode 7 Review: "Trompe L'Oeil"

Westworld Episode 7 Review: “Trompe L’Oeil”

As Westworld fans reel from the biggest shocker to date, we deep dive into Dr. Ford’s nefarious plans, Delos’ true motivations and William’s incredible equestrian skills.

Is Maeve a rogue agent or Dr. Ford’s ultimate weapon? Is the Ghost Nation our ticket to the Man In Black’s true identity? Is Charlotte Hale a host?IS EVERYONE A HOST?

Find out in this week’s full-podcast edition of the Westworld Podcast from Shat on TV.

Westworld Episode 7 Summary:
“Trompe L’Oeil” It is revealed that Theresa and Hale are both secretly stealing Ford’s research for the board so that they can oust him from the park without fear of him destroying his work in retribution. They engineer an event to demonstrate that Ford’s “reveries” make the hosts violent and uncontrollable in their narratives. Bernard is blamed for the update of untested faulty code and fired as a result. Aboard an escape train, William and Dolores develop romance (have sex). Though, their train is soon ambushed by the Confederados, forcing William, Dolores, and Lawrence to flee; they are able to escape when the Ghost Nation, a horde of hostile natives, appears. Dolores and William part ways with Lawrence and set their sights westward. Meanwhile, Maeve finds her friend Clementine retired by the staff. Maeve decides to use Felix and Sylvester to escape the park. Bernard takes Theresa to Sector 17; inside a hidden lab she finds design plans that reveal he is a host. Ford appears, reiterates to her that he has complete control over the park, regardless of what the board thinks, and instructs Bernard to kill her. 

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8 Responses

  1. Zelbinian says:

    I loved that Bernard reveal. It is currently my second favorite reveal ever (behind The Sixth Sense, while inferior, was my first exposure to a truly mind-blowing twist and so will always have a special place in my heart).

    Two things, in particular, made this one very effective. First, the subtlety by which it was done. “What door?” was probably followed by “… holy fuck” by nearly everyone watching, especially because *you* were shown the wall and… there was no door!

    This leads to the second reason: it doesn’t just change the story going forward, but backward as well. Now you get to puzzle over everything else you have seen through Bernard’s eyes and wonder whether it was reliable. The Arnold photo is an obvious one but… the mystery of where Ford just “appeared” from in the previous episode? Solved. He came through the door Bernard/the audience could not yet see.

    The best example of this: the proof that Bernard was a host was right under our noses several episodes before, we just couldn’t see it. (Well, at least I couldn’t.) In episode 4, Bernard asks Dolores if she would want him to erase the memory of her parents dying, and she apes his line from the previous episode back at him: “My pain is all I have left of them.” He looks at her skeptically and asks if that was written for her, and she says yes. That’s when we really should have known for sure. That was a deep, poigniant, poetic thing for Bernard to say to his “wife” – we’re so used to TV characters dropping lines we could never say ourselves that we just let it go. But now its obvious: of *course* it was written for him, it’s just too perfect. And the fact that a for-sure Host uses it? That’s iron-clad – yet so subtle it was very easy to miss.

    Gods, I love this show.

  2. Martin Larouche says:

    Hey Guys!
    Love the Podcast! Best one out there!
    Silly little thing here, the name of the episode pronunciation.
    Check this out: https://translate.google.ca/#fr/en/trompe%20l'oeil
    and just click on the “listen” button under french to listen to the right way to say it.

    From a french Canadian guy 😉

    • Gene Lyons says:

      They say the difference between those who can pronounce a language and those who can’t is in the ears, not the mouth. We can listen all day, but we just can’t HEAR the right way to say it. The irony is that I’m a native Farsi speaker, and Farsi is heavily influenced by French. This should be a cakewalk; apologize for butchering your gorgeous language.

  3. Tyroga says:

    Hector didn’t have to be a spy, he didn’t have to listen. Ford clearly says “Arnold and I designed every part of this place.” Implying more that he has omnipotent listening and seeing abilities for the place.

    When she attempts to use her phone, he reiterates “Like I said, I built all of this.”

    He could easily have a coupe of AIs processing everything and alerting him to poinient things seen or said.

    And when Bernard says “I’m not one, can’t be, my wife, my son, they are real, I was a father, my poor boy.”

    Bernard could be one of the first replaced people, he does after all talk to his wife via video phone.

    • Gene Lyons says:

      I agree on all points, but the video phone is a really convenient way to falsify his back story. It could just be a recording made my some woman, or even a host or CGI.

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